On Saturday the fourth of March, a meeting entitled “Stopover on the way to Krakow” took place at Strzyżów, hosted by the Deanery of Strzyżów. We wanted to take the time to stop, think and reflect on God’s words but also to take shelter with others; to feel part of the community; to feel safe and to meet with others.

We commenced with a prayer and then took part in a sermon given by the regional coordinator of Strzyżów district, Priest Paweł Ciba. Paweł drew our attention to the story of Zacchaeus, who climbed the Sycamore tree so that he might be able to see Jesus.

After, Priest Paweł gave us some more detailed information regarding “World Youth Day”, including how to sign up for the event. He also answered questions pertaining to travel to the event which is being held in Krakow.

This was followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, during which, using song, words and silence, we worshipped God, who was represented in the form of a wafer, which was presented to us.

The meeting concluded with the Sacrament of the Eucharist, during which Priest Paweł reminded us of the Saint Weronika, who was moved with pity when she saw Jesus carrying his cross to Golgotha.

She stepped out from the crowd and gave him her veil that he might wipe his forehead. Jesus accepted the offering, held it to his face, and then handed it back to her—the image of his face miraculously impressed upon it. Priest Paweł reminded us that by participating in “World Youth Day”, we are replicating that same act – the act of not being ashamed of Jesus.

The meeting drew to a close with the singing of the “World Youth Day” anthem and prayer.